Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin is an Assistant Professor at the UCD School of Mathematics and Statistics and Director of the BSc. in Mathematics, Science and Education initial teacher education programmes in the UCD College of Science. She graduated with a first-class honours degree in Theoretical Physics from UCD and taught post-primary mathematics, physics, applied mathematics and science for a number of years before completing her PhD in Mathematics Education at Trinity College Dublin. Her academic research primarily focuses on STEM (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education, with particular emphasis on teacher education. She is a member of the Department of Education & Skill’s STEM Education Policy Review Group and is also an executive committee member of Women in Technology and Science (WITS), an independent voluntary organisation promoting gender equity in technology and science. Aoibhinn directs the Maths Sparks problem-solving workshops at UCD, with the aim of encouraging students from disadvantaged schools to continue their studies of mathematics. She is also a broadcaster and in 2017 she was presented with the SFI Outstanding Contribution to STEM Communication Award in recognition for her work promoting STEM. In 2017 she was named as one of the 40 under 40 European Young Leaders.
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